December 8 2013 Latest news:
Central Court Reporter
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A gang of teenagers who subjected a young woman to a terrifying gunpoint attack in her Stoke Newington home have been jailed for a total of 33 years.
Ashley Allen and Janny Mosa, both 19, together with Daniel Watson, 18, and Devante Stephen, 17, burst into the 22-year-old’s flat in Green Lanes armed with a ‘highly realistic’ imitation self-loading Walther pistol and two knives.
One of them struck her twice with the gun, gashing her forehead, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
The gang threatened to shoot her and to put a plastic bag over her head during the hour-long ordeal in the early hours of December 8.
She was slapped across the face as the teenagers ransacked the flat in search of drugs, before escaping with personal items including a Louis Vuitton handbag and purse, Samsung camera, Blackberry mobile phone, Toshiba laptop, £120 cash and her passport.
They also demanded her pin number and threatened to come back for her if it was wrong.
As they left the property they made a sickening claim of ‘at least we got some Christmas goodies’, the court heard.
The woman was so traumatised by the attack she has since moved to America to start a new life.
The judge lifted reporting restrictions which would normally prevent naming the 17-year old, because he considered the offence so serious.
The teenagers were stopped in a car afterwards and the victim’s belongings were discovered in the boot.
All four defendants denied aggravated burglary but were unanimously convicted by a jury following a trial.
Allen, Mosa, Watson were sentenced to nine years in a young offender’s institution.
Allen and Mosa also received a four-month concurrent sentence for possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
Stephen, who was 16 at the time of the attack, was handed a six year detention order.